This CBSSportsline article tells you why the Houston Texans didn’t take Reggie Bush with the first overall pick in the annual NFL Entry Draft. Based the article, it’s safe to say that he’s embroiled in a ton of legal troubles.

The parents of Southern California football star Reggie Bush received $100,000 in cash from investors in a sports marketing company that hoped to sign the running back, an attorney for the investors said in a letter obtained by the San Diego Union-Tribune. Attorney Brian Watkins told the newspaper on Friday that Bush’s parents, LaMar and Denise Griffin, asked for the money partly to resolve financial problems. Watkins said the money included an initial payment of about $30,000 to help start up New Era Sports and Entertainment.

If that sounds like alot, you’re right. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Watkins said earlier this week that Bush’s parents didn’t pay $54,000 in rent during the year they lived in a house owned by a sports marketing agency investor who wanted to represent the football star. The money dispute began after Bush signed with another agent and marketing representative, ending any chance of a deal with New Era.
Bush’s mother and stepfather had agreed to pay landlord Michael Michaels $4,500 in monthly rent when they moved into the Spring Valley house Michaels bought for $757,000 in March 2005. Michaels said the Griffins told him they eventually would pay him rent from Bush’s earnings when he went pro.

If you think that’s the rest of the iceberg, you’re wrong. Either New Era or attorney David Caravantes paid Bush’s mom and stepdad to attend a couple of Bush’s away games. There’s still more to this scandal.

Watkins, who represents Lake and Michaels, said Bush’s family defrauded his clients out of $300,000 over 1½ years using “the carrot” of Bush’s future football career as an enticement.
Bush, who signed with agent Joel Segal, said he believes the matter will be cleared up in a few weeks. “I’ve got to get back to football,” he said. “My life is parallel to a horse race. They have blinders on to keep them from being distracted in the race and keep them focused on winning the race. That’s kind of like my life. Focus on the goal, not the things coming at me from the side.”

Based on these reports, Bush’s parents were shakedown artists. It doesn’t cast them in a flattering light, to say the least.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

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